Death of Hurley Green Sr, Elder Black Journalist - Tribute by Hurley Green III, and National Black Wall Street Leader

Sad news learning of the death of the elder Hurley Green Sr of The Independent Bulletin Newspaper, one of the legendary Black community newspapers. I shall never forget him allowing me to be teen columnist back in 1977 after he saw me as a youth activist on Harry Porterfield's "Someone You Should Know" on CBS-TV and gave me a youth voice and column called "The Teen Scene". From 'generation to generation' I am glad to be associated with Hurley Green III as he continues The Independent Bulletin legacy. Our prayers to Hurley Green III and God bless the life and legacy of Hurley Green Sr !!  I salute Hurley Green Green Sr for the role he played in lifting me up personally and professionally from my youth to adult. 

Today on behalf of National Black Wall Street Chicago and The National Black Wall Street USA Organization we salute Hurley Green Sr for his lifelong "Black Wall Street" legacy of Black economic, community empowerment and his commitment to lifting up his voice as well as so many other needed independent voices from the Black community (Mark S. Allen, veteran activist, Chicago Chairman of National Black Wall Street Chicago and Chief of Staff to Rev. Michael Carter, National Black Wall Street USA)





Noted Journalist, Editor, Newspaper Publisher, Television personality and Catalyst for Change...


©  by Hurley Green III


Background: Born April 13, 1927 in Beaumont, Texas to Bertha and Hurley Green. Moved with his mom to Chicago as a youngster and attended/graduated from Burke Elementary School and later from DuSable High School, where he met and would eventually marry high school sweetheart classmate Thelma Mills Green. Born to that union was my younger  brother Lee and myself. He graduated from Wilson Junior College and later completed his higher education at Columbia College. He placed a high premium on education for my brother and myself.


MILITARY SERVICE:  Served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorobly discharged in 1948. His G.I. Bill and VA loan benefits helped our family in later life


COMMUNITY RESIDENCE:  In 1952-54, his young family was located in the 1400 block of E. 60th, near Midway Plaisance; while he worked at the Post Office. We later spent a hot second in Altgeld Gardens from 1954-56 (back then it was only supposed to be a stepping stone, with a two year residence-limit) and by then the family funds grew large enough to allow us to move back in the city to Chatham, on 79th-Rhodes. In 1958, we moved to 74th-Stewart (ANOTHER third floor apartment, but larger rooms) for the next five years. “Our next place will be a house,” my father promised. With both parents now working, that dream became a reality in 1963, as we finally moved to a home on 73rd-Green. I later learned that my parents were renting it with an option to buy, but all I knew then was that we now had our own bedrooms, a big back yard, and a basement for the very first time.

The culturally changing community of South Shore was our next stop: An attractive dark brown “gingerbread house” on 76th-Euclid was the real deal: purchased from a Jewish homeowner who may have been the last to leave the neighborhood, and we had  our first true 1967. Dad was now a part-time state Parole Agent and a successful full-time Account Manager for the prestigious Campbell-Methune Ad agency. He was also feature writing for a community newspaper for which would soon become editor.and  later  publisher. Somehow he also found time to serve as Director of the United Negro College Fund for two years.


In addition to becoming publisher of the BULLETIN Newspapers, the 1970s saw him break media ground with “Issues Unlimited” a historic television show that became a fixture on WGN Channnel 9 on Sunday mornings:(“I was BEFORE Vernon Jarrett!”) he was quick to point out. The well-rated TV program featured him moderating a distinguished panel of city media representatives interviewing the local and national newsmakers of the day. It was through his weekly show that many Chicago viewers met and heard political and social activists.  He would form lasting relationships with many of his television guests, and several requested to be brought back to the program which lasted three years.


POLITICS:  Had countless friends and associates in both political parties...BOTH Mayor Daleys; both of the African American mayors: interim Mayor Eugene Sawyer and full-term Mayor Harold Washington; Cook County Board powerhouse George W. Dunne; Aldermen A.A. Sammy Rayner, Howard Brookins, Sr., Shirley Coleman, Leon Despres, Lorraine Dixon and Bob Miller; Congressmen Charles Hayes and Augustus Savage (whom he also worked for); Judge William Cousins, State Sen. Charles Chew, Sen. Jacqueline Collins and State Reps. Raymond Ewell, Charles Morrow, Monique Davis, Mary Flowers, Connie Howard, and Charles Gaines; State Senator Emil Jones, Ward Committeemen Ed Pressberry and Wayland Johnson; and State Comptroller Roland Burris. National figures Julian Bond, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Rev. Martin Luther King were also in his  distinguished circle of associates.


SPORTS: .Fishing and golfing were his passions. Whenever he could find time on his busy weekend schedule, with southside Jackson Park and Pipe O'Peace golf courses being his favorite spots for relaxation He considered Black golfer Lee Elder “a great role model for aspiring students.”. Yes, he was a long-suffering (his entire adult life) Chicago Cubs baseball fan, who took me to historic Wrigley Field several times in the early 60s and introduced me to Chicago stars of color Fergie Jenkins,  Ernie Banks; Billy Williams, and George Altman (who autographed a still-coveted coveted scorecard in 1961). Rubbed elbows with larger than life heavyweight boxers Muhammad Ali and Ernie Terrell...along with Chicago Bears football stars Gale Sayers and Walter Payton

COMMUNITY RECOGNITION:  Down through the years, he received constant appreciative recognition from DuSable High School Alumni Coalition of which he and my mother were both active members; Park Manor Neighbors Community Council, Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, Englewood Business Men's Assn., Chatham Business Assn., 95th Street Business Assn., Operation Breadbasket/PUSH, Englewood Back to School Parade Committee; South Side Community Federal Credit Union, United American Progress Association, Monroe Foundation, Illinois Press Assn., Cook County Publishers, and Accredited Chicago Newspapers. His office contained a “Wall of Fame” that included numerous Certificates of Achievement and Plaques of Appreciation from these organizations.


My brother Lee and I thank everyone for the well-wishes during this trying period. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated...

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